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Sidekiq™
Software Defined Radio MiniPCIe Card
Product Brief
Press Release
Sidekiq Sidekiq

The Sidekiq™ SDR is a breakthrough miniature software defined radio (SDR) platform, providing a flexible 70MHz - 6GHz RF transceiver plus programmable logic in a 30x51x5mm standards compliant MiniPCIe card. With the addition of a Sidekiq SDR, millions of host devices (laptops, tablet computers, etc.) can immediately be transformed into RF processing powerhouses. Installation of the Sidekiq SDR is often simplified by the multi-band antennas that are present in many host platforms supporting MiniPCIe, since these slots are commonly used for wireless data cards.

Sidekiq enables solutions for RF test and measurement, point-to-point communications, and a variety of other wireless applications where size, weight, and power consumption are critical. To support the development of these solutions, the Sidekiq Platform Development Kit (PDK) provides customers with access to both a software API for interfacing to the card, as well as the source code for the FPGA reference design for customization. The software API provides an easy-to-use interface for configuring the RF transceivers and streaming data between the host and Sidekiq over the PCIe interface. Advanced users can add their own processing blocks to the FPGA to radically increase the signal processing capabilities of the system.

Key Features

Key Features

  • MiniPCIe card form factor (30mm x 51mm x 5mm)
  • Flexible RF front end supports two operating modes:
    • Two phase coherent RF receivers (common LO)
    • One RF receiver + one RF transmitter (separate LOs)
  • RF tuning range from 70 MHz to 6 GHz
  • Up to 50 MHz RF bandwidth per channel
  • PCIe x1 (2.5 Gbps) interface to host + USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface
  • Integrated FPGA for custom signal processing
  • Typical power consumption: 1.6W
  • Platform Development Kit (PDK) available
  • Availability: Now

Block Diagram


Preliminary specification, subject to change

Specifications

RF Specification
Receiver
RF Input U.FL miniature RF connector
Architecture Zero-IF (direct conversion)
Tuning range 70 MHz to 6 GHz
Tuning step-size 1 kHz
Tuning time <2 mS
Typical noise figure 8 dB
Typical IIP3 -10 dBm
Gain control range 0 to 76 dB, 1dB steps
Baseband configurable low-pass filter 200 kHz to 25 MHz
(RF channel bandwidths from 400 kHz to 50 MHz)
Typical I/Q balance >50 dB
A/D converter sample rate 200 Ksamples/sec to 61.44 Msamples/sec
A/D converter sample width 12 bits
Transmitter
RF Output U.FL miniature RF connector
Architecture Zero-IF (direct conversion)
Tuning range 70 MHz to 6 GHz
Tuning step-size 1 kHz
Tuning time <2 mS
Gain control range 0 to 80 dB, 1 dB steps
Baseband configurable low-pass filter 200 kHz to 25 MHz
(RF channel bandwidths from 400 kHz to 50 MHz)
Typical Tx output power +10 dBm (+13 dBm < 2 GHz)
D/A converter sample rate 200 Ksamples/sec to 61.44 Msamples/sec
D/A converter sample width 12 bits
Digital Specification
FPGA Xilinx Spartan®-6 LX45T FPGA with x1 PCIe interface to host
USB Cypress FX2 microcontroller with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface to host
FPGA Reprogramming Over USB
GPIO Available for custom I/O
Temperature Sensor -55°C to +125°C (+/- 2°C)
Accelerometer 3-axis
Physical Specification
Form Factor MiniPCIe card with x1 PCIe and USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interfaces
Dimensions 30mm x 51mm x 5mm
Weight 8 grams
Typical Power Consumption 1.6W (dependent on FPGA and I/O usage)
Operating Temperature TBD

Pricing

Item Contents Price
Sidekiq-001 *
  • Sidekiq MiniPCIe card supporting either:
    • Two phase coherent RF receivers (common LO)
    • One RF receiver + one RF transmitter (separate LOs)

    * Purchase of the Sidekiq PDK is required prior to purchase of individual Sidekiq cards

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Sidekiq-002 *
  • Sidekiq MiniPCIe card supporting:
    • One RF receiver + one RF transmitter (separate LOs)

    * Purchase of the Sidekiq PDK is required prior to purchase of individual Sidekiq cards

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Sidekiq Platform Development Kit (PDK)
  • 2 Sidekiq MiniPCIe cards
  • Laptop* with Intel® i7 processor
  • MiniPCIe to ExpressCard adapter
  • JTAG breakout board
  • Hardware User's Reference Manual
  • PC-based spectrum analyzer application
  • Software Development Kit - for developing custom Linux-based software applications that interface with Sidekiq
  • Software Development Reference Manual
  • FPGA Development Kit - for developing custom FPGA bitstreams that execute on Sidekiq's Xilinx Spartan®-6 FPGA
  • FPGA Development Reference Manual

* The laptop ships with 1 of the Sidekiqs preinstalled, and software development tools ready for use.

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